As the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Americans continue to battle substance use disorder. September is National Recovery Month, and Indiana University is celebrating the faculty who are leading the effort to help people recover.
Debra Litzelman, M.D., M.A., associate director of the Regenstrief Institute Center for Health Services Research, is leading the CARE Plus project which helps pregnant women and young mothers with substance use challenges by connecting them to resources and support. The women work with addiction recovery coaches and community health workers to address needs such as housing, food and counseling, all of which are especially important during the pandemic.
CARE Plus is funded by Indiana University’s Responding to the Addictions Grand Challenge. It began in 2017 and includes 32 teams and more than 130 business, nonprofit and government partners.
In addition to being a research scientist and associate director of the Regenstrief Center for Health Services research, Dr. Litzelman is also the D. Craig Brater Professor of Global Health Education and a professor of medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine and the director of education for the Indiana University Center for Global Health.